Post-hardcore newcomers Chasing Hearts release debut single, “Make Me Believe”

We live in a time where there are so many ways for bands to pursue their passions in the music industry. Every band wants to find purpose and find their place in this mammoth world where over-saturation is rampant. Many musicians want to hold onto a sound that defines them as musicians, while developing older roots that defined their generation. This couldn’t be more true for Kentucky native band Chasing Hearts, who are no strangers to pursuing this dream. Though new and on the rise, this is a band that doesn’t need to search for their identity, as this debut song “Make Me Believe” confidently proves they have something interesting here.

 

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Texas progressive post-hardcore band Balsam Grove release new track, “Brace Yourself”

A three piece band from Texas, Balsam Grove is a band that wants to tell a story through adept lyricism and progressive post-hardcore sounds that emphasize technical finesse. With influences that trickle into their original instrumentals and vocal prowess such as Dance Gavin Dance, Saosin, and Underoath, it’s not hard to see such a sundry sound such as Balsam Grove gaining popularity much akin to the bands they are shaped by. The band formed in 2018 when Lee Hansen and Micheal Ermis met while studying sound recording at a community college in South Texas. The two were joined by drummer Bryan Renkes, guitarists Gavin Solis and Logan Wood, as well as producer Gigi Garcia who helped them record their debut EP.

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MEST vaults back into the pop-punk scene with “Masquerade” (Review)

Pop-punk icons MEST have exploded back into the scene with Masquerade, notably with their 2005 lineup. This is bound to please old fans and even inspire new ones since the band has not had a full consecutive independent release since 2005’s Photographs. Coming back in typical MEST fashion, the band has always believed in keeping things very Do-It-Yourself and independent and this release was no exception. Back in March of last year Frontman Tony Levato posted the Kickstarter campaign that would reach great success where over 939 backers pledged $54,227 to help bring this project to life, resulting in the album we all wanted and craved after 13 years.

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Niantic hits it out of the park with new EP “Equinox” (Review)

Throughout the years, California has been a breeding ground for some pretty dynamic and iconic acts. Every few years there will always be a band that comes out of the fray that challenges what the typical sounds of a certain genre bands should sound like. In the case for indie bands the sounds are large and vast. It’s easy to get buried under all the saturation, but for Niantic this band has bled through and has created a colorful sound that is both true to its roots yet manages to be unique and creative. Niantic has been making waves for over a decade with release after release, but with their new independent October release Equinox, it seems the band is more confident than ever with their presence and sound.

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